Weekend Recap: Park and Pevny continue Winning Ways; Yin joins Winner’s Circle at Eagle Creek

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Pictured from Left to Right: Nic Pevny, Dongjin Park, and Kristine Yin

Orlando, FL: The International Junior Golf Tour returned to the Sunshine State once again to continue its ongoing Spring campaign, as Eagle Creek Golf Club played host to the Central Florida Classic. Players from all over the state of Florida and beyond gathered for the weekend as they competed in phenomenal course conditions and early-Spring weather.

 

After a record-breaking performance only two weeks ago at The Club at Savannah Harbor, Dongjin Park headlined the superb field at Eagle Creek, with all eyes on his group hoping to see an encore. Park did just that, shooting an opening round of 68 (5-under Par) on the Par 73 course at Eagle Creek, creating enough breathing room to hold the lead Sunday afternoon with a final round 70 (3-under Par) earning his second IJGT victory of the season with a final total of 138 (8-under Par).

 

Park, a 2019 graduate and current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy, admitted to favorable conditions during the weekend following his win. “The course was in phenomenal shape” Park spoke after the event. “Greens were at a great speed, and the pins locations were tough!”

 

This is Park’s second consecutive victory at an IJGT event, with both opening rounds seeing scores in the 60’s.

 

Park’s victory did not come easy once again, as many players showed great skill during the final round making it a crowded leaderboard following the event. In second-place is Aryaman Mohan, of Lusaka, Zambia. Mohan, who is also a student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy, had an impressive weekend after scores of 71 and 72 earned himself his first Top-3 finish of the IJGT season. Rounding out the Top-3 is Richard Kruger, of Pretoria, South Africa. The graduate of 2020 and student at the International Junior Golf Academy surged his way into the winners’ circle Sunday after a final round of 70. Kruger opened the weekend with a score of 74, earning himself a total score of 144.

 

For the Girls division, the leaders group was one to follow if you are looking for clutch shots, and high-drama as all three players at one point held a share of the lead. Following a great weekend, it was Kristine Yin who was able to come out as the weekend winner. Kristine, a former resident of Zhejiang, China and student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy, began her day in second-place after an opening round 74. After a steady, and competitive 18-hole final round of 73, Yin walks away with her first weekend of the IJGT season.

 

Finishing in a tie for second-place are two Florida standouts in Briana Gabe and Mary Kate Smith. Both Gabe and Smith hail from nearby Melbourne, FL, and had stellar weekends in their IJGT debuts, each shooting 75 and 73 for total scores of 148 (2-over Par).

 

For the Boys 14 & Under Division, Nic Pevny went 3-3 in his 2018 IJGT swing capturing another win at Eagle Creek. The Aspen, CO native had a great showing once again at the Central Florida Classic, earning a total score of 147, with scores of 72 and 75 respectively.

 

Muhamad Izwan Zaini earns his second-consecutive Top-3 finish by earning second-place for the weekend. The student by way of Seri Kembangan, Malaysia earned scores of 80 and 74 to finish at 154 for the weekend. Rounding out the Top-3 is Sumaer Dhalla of Princeton, NJ. Dhalla earned the low final-round of the Boys 14 & Under Division on Sunday after firing a 73 (even-par) to go with his opening round 82 from Saturday.

 

The IJGT will begin play once again in two weeks as the South Carolina Open will take place at Crescent Pointe GC. To sign-up for this event, or view the rest of the upcoming schedule be sure to visit the Schedules tab on IJGT.com.

 

You can follow all of the action and coverage from the IJGT by following on Instagram at IJGT_, as well as Twitter @IJGT.

 

Weekend Recap: Record-Breaking Performance from Park Topped off by a Weekend Victory

 

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2019 student from South Korea shoots 61 Saturday to cruise his way into Faldo Grand Final

 

Savannah, GA: The International Junior Golf Tour hosted its first Faldo Series Qualifying event of 2018 as the Club at Savannah Harbor played host to the IJGT Georgia Open. Over 100 juniors from 15 different states, and over 20 countries gathered in Savannah earn spots into the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final, along with AJGA Performance Stars and other national golf rankings.

 

With a big stage like this, it is always exciting to see players rise to the occasion and create moments that will be remembered forever. On Saturday, Dongjin Park had everyone watching, on his way to a record-setting performance that would eventually lead to victory Sunday afternoon.

 

Park, a 2019 grad from Seoul, South Korea who is a current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy, shot an 11-under par opening round, followed by a 70 on Sunday for his two-round total of 131. The opening score of 61 from Park on Saturday, is an all-time low round during an IJGT event. Along with his victory, Park earns an invitation into the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final at Bella Collina.

 

Finishing in the top-three in second-place is Ty Sullivan with a weekend total of 140 after rounds of 69 and 71. Sullivan is a former resident of Toronto, Canada. In third-place is Drew Mullins, of nearby Pawleys Island, SC. Mullins ended the weekend with a score of 143, after rounds of 72 and 71.

 

The Boys Division was not the only contests full of excitement, as the Girls Division winner was decided by a Sudden-death playoff. After one playoff hole, Jeongbin Shin secured her victory after making Par. A native of Seoul, South Korea, Shin put together scores of 74 and 76 over her weekend, earning her a 150-total score.

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Following her closely and joining Shin on the playoff hole are Vivian Yen and Chiara Arya. Yen had a fantastic round Sunday after shooting even-par (72) to go with her 78 from Saturday’s round. Vivian is a native of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Chiara Arya also ties for second-place after her strong weekend. Arya, who hails from Jakarta, Indonesia, finished the weekend with scores of 76 and 74.

 

Rounding out the contests for the weekend is our Boys 14 & Under Division, which saw Nic Pevny able to go back-to-back with weekend wins. Pevny, of Aspen, CO earned scores of 74 and 77 to total 151. Coming in second-place in the weekend contest is Diego Sarraf. The student from Mexico City, Mexico earned scores of 78 and 76 to round out his weekend. Rounding out the top-three is Muhamad Izwan Zaini of Seri Kembangan, Malaysia. Zaini had a solid weekend outing as he finished with scores of 82 followed by a 76 Sunday.Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, outdoor

 

 

The full list of Faldo Series Grand Final Qualifiers from the Georgia Open at Savannah Harbor will be posted on Monday February 26 on IJGT.com.

 

The IJGT will resume play once again in two weeks with the playing of the Central Florida Classic at Eagle Creek. To sign-up for this event, or view the rest of the upcoming schedule be sure to visit the Schedule tab on IJGT.com

 

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Course Preview: Faldo Series Qualifier at Savannah Harbor

 

Savannah, GA: The International Junior Golf Tour is starting its 2018 season in grand fashion hosting its first Faldo Series Qualifier of the calendar year at one of the premier venues for the tour, at the Club at Savannah Harbor.

 

Savannah Harbor has been a popular stop among the players for many seasons now, as the field will consist of players from over 15 states and over 20 different countries represented during the weekend. The former site of the PGA Tour’s Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf Champions Tour for 10 years, juniors from across the world will once again be taking center stage over the weekend to earn their way into the 2018 Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final at Bella Collina.

 

With five qualifying spots up for grabs in each of the Faldo Series Divisions, (Boys 18-U and 16-U, Girls 18-U and 16-U) players who finish in the top 5 of their respected division for Faldo Qualifying, will earn a spot into the U.S. Grand Final at Bella Collina later in 2018 over Thanksgiving weekend.

 

Players this weekend can expect to compete under great conditions this weekend at Savannah Harbor, as temperatures are expected to reach 80 degrees both Saturday and Sunday. The course has always been in great scoring condition as there were nearly 200 Birdies in the Boys Division last year along with over 70 in the Girls Division.

 

Players will also have the opportunity to compete for national golf rankings such as AJGA Performance Stars this weekend, which are up for grabs in the Boys 15-19 Division and Girls Division. Also available is Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings, and Golfweek rankings.

 

Announcing their partnership in the fall of 2017, the Faldo Series hosts 35 annual tournaments in 30 countries worldwide, and has set the stage for junior golfers internationally to compete in high stakes competition against the best players in the world. Through this partnership, IJGT and Faldo Series are giving North American junior golfers the opportunity to put themselves on the map with the best players in the world.

 

The winners of the Faldo Series US Grand Final in U18 Boys and Girls, and U16 Boys and Girls, are invited to the 2019 Faldo World Series Asia Grand Final.

 

To find out more about the Faldo Series future qualifying events, follow the link here.

 

To view the rest of the upcoming schedule for IJGT follow the link here.

 

Be sure to follow all the action throughout the weekend through all of the IJGT social media accounts.

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Or follow along with the IJGT App, as scores will be updated Live throughout the day!

Orlando Shootout Recap: Huber Soars to Victory at Eagle Ridge

With a score of 7-under for the Final Round, Huber cruises to first victory of Spring season

 

Summerfield, FL: Over 50 junior golfers gathered over the weekend for the first International Junior Golf Tour event of 2018 and for many, first of their spring golf season. Taking full advantage of the opportunities at hand for one was Andreas Huber, who took home weekend honors in impressive and dominant fashion.

 

Huber, a native of Brunico, Italy and current Senior at Bishops Gate Golf Academy, was the star of the weekend with consecutive low rounds of 69 and 65, earning a final score of 10-under par. His impressive weekend is highlighted by Sunday’s performance that saw 8 Birdies made. Huber will also be competing in next weekends’ IJGT event at Savannah Harbor.

 

In a tie for second-place are students who hail from the International Junior Golf Academy; Rowan Cowhey and Luis Martinez. Cowhey, who hails from Dublin, Ireland shined in his debut on the tournament stage putting together scores of 73 and 69 over the weekend. Martinez also fought his way into contention Sunday afternoon, with scores of 73 and 69. The native of Caracus, Venezuela is committed to play golf next fall at Nova Southeastern.

 

In the Girls Division, competition was tight from the beginning with the decision coming only within one stroke. But there could be only one winner this weekend, and once again Ying-Ting Hsieh answered the call for her fourth win of the IJGT season.

 

Hsieh, who is also a student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy by way of Huantan Township, Taiwan, put together even quality rounds of 71 a piece for her outright victory.

 

Following her closely in second-place is her classmate Tracy Lee of Seoul, South Korea. Lee put the pressure on Sunday after firing a 2-under par 70 to go with her opening round of 73. Rounding out the top-three is Kristine Yin of Zhejiang, China after her weekend concluded with scores of 74 and 72 and a 146 total score.

 

Perhaps the most exciting finish of the day came first in the Boys 14 & Under division where the competition was decided in a sudden-death playoff. Between the play of Nic Pevny, and Samuel Hord, the pairing was neck and neck all weekend, with Hord forcing a playoff after and even-par round Sunday afternoon.

 

On the first playoff-hole, Nic Pevny was able to weather the great comeback by making par and securing his first victory of the new year. The resident of Aspen, CO played steady golf all weekend with scores of 74 each round, totaling for 148.

 

Securing a second-place after a great Sunday showing is Samuel Hord of nearby Orlando. Hord paired his 72 Sunday with an opening round of 76. Rounding out the top-three is Zaid Khan, who clinches his first top-three finish of the season. Khan, who attends the International Junior Golf Academy by way of El Dorado Hills, CA, finished the weekend with scores of 78 and 74 earning his total of 152.

 

 

This event begins a busy stretch for the IJGT, as they head to a popular stop amongst the players next weekend with the playing of the Georgia Open at Savannah Harbor. To view more about this event, or an upcoming event near you be sure to view our full schedule here.

 

You can follow all of the action and coverage from the IJGT by following on Instagram at IJGT_, as well as Twitter @IJGT.

Tetak shoots 64 (-8) to lead Boys U18 Division by 4 strokes

The second round of the Faldo Series US Grand Final was held today at Bella Collina in Monteverd, FL. Today served as “moving day” in the 54-hole event and saw changes in the leaderboard for all four divisions.

In the Boys U18 Division, Teddy Tetak (2018, Slovakia) post an eight-under par 64 to lead by 4 going into the final round. Tetak, committed to play at the University of South Carolina next fall, had 8 birdies and 10 pars today to put him at -11 for the tournament. Trailing Tetak in second place, Jairus Gaines (2018, Baltimore, MD) followed his first round 68 (-4) with a three-under par 69 and sits at -7.

Niels Schmidlin (2019, Switzerland) leads the Boys U16 Division after shooting 69 (-3) today. Schmidlin holds a one stroke lead at 5-under-par after posting a 70 (-2) yesterday. Egor Zotov (2019, Russia) holds sole second place and trails by a stroke. After posting a 4-under-par 32 on the front nine today, Zotov shot 37 on the back to post a 69 (-3). Both players are full time students at Bishops Gate Golf Academy. Round 1 Leader, Evan Owan (2019, Germantown, MD), shot 74 (+2) and is tied in third with Felix van Kleef (2019, Germany).

In the Girls U18 Division, Annie Kim (2018, South Korea) extended her lead to 7-strokes going into the final round. Haruka Shintani (2018, Japan) shot 76 to remain in second place for the event. Low round of the day for Girls U18 was Fiona Khaing (2022, Myanmar), shooting even par (72) – a seven stroke improvement from Round 1.

Cynthia Tu (2019, Vienna, VA) shot 71 (-1) to tie Round 1 leader, Ying-Ting Hsieh (2019, Taiwan) for the lead going into the final round for the Girls U16 Division. It will be a battle for the win tomorrow between Tu and Hsieh as Fabienne van Kleef (2020, Germany) trails by 11 strokes in third place.

Coverage of the Faldo Series US Grand Final will be available across International Junior Golf Tour social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For live leaderboard updates, visit bluegolf.ijgt.com or click here.

68 Low Number in First Round of Faldo Series US Grand Final

Click here to see all the photos from Round 1 of the Faldo Series US Grand Final.

Yesterday, the first of three rounds of the Faldo Series US Grand Final presented by the International Junior Golf Tour had players from over 22 countries battling it out to earn their spot in the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final in 2018. Players from the four competitive divisions ended the day with a tight leaderboard heading into the final two rounds.

In the Boys U18 Division, Jairus Gaines and Ian Davis both shot 68 to be tied for the lead at 4-under-par. Gaines, a member of the Class of 2018 from Baltimore, MD, will be fighting for his 3rd IJGT win of the season – the previous two wins coming in his only two tournament starts at both Faldo Series Pennsylvania and New Jersey Championships. Gaines has been playing IJGT events since 2014 and has progressed from a scoring average of 87.5 in his first season to a scoring average of 71 this year.

Davis, who is only 14 years old playing in the older division, will be playing for his second win, after shooting 68, 73 to win the Disney Classic earlier in November.

Following close behind Gaines and Davis, Simone Collozza (Italy, 2019), Dongjin Park (South Korea, 2019) and Teddy Tetak (Slovakia, 2018) all shot 69 (-3) to be one stroke back going into the second round.

In the Boys U16 Division, Evan Owan, a member of the Class of 2019 from Germantown, MD shot 68 (-4) and holds a 1-stroke lead. Shooting 69 (-3) and in sole second place is Niels Schmidlin (Switzerland, 2019).

Annie Kim leads the Girls U18 Division after shooting 70 (-2). Kim is from South Korea and is a member of the Class of 2018. She has signed to play golf at Vanderbilt University next year.

2017 Girls Division Player of the Year, Ying-Ting Hsieh shot even-par 72 yesterday to lead the Girls U16 Division and will be playing for her 3rd win of the year.

Coverage of the Faldo Series US Grand Final will be available across International Junior Golf Tour social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For live leaderboard updates, visit bluegolf.ijgt.com or click here.

How Becoming a Role Model Begins with Junior Golf

Guest Post Contributed by Michael Weinhaus of Haus Rules Golf Engagement 

A role model is looked up to and revered by everyone else.  That should be the goal of every junior golfer, but what does it take besides knowing the rules? Check out how your junior golf experience can translate into becoming a role model.

Etiquette                                                                                                 

All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manor, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times.  To be specific, control your temper by not throwing clubs or using foul language.  It ruins your game and your fellow competitors or opponents game too.  In stroke-play it is your duty to protect the field.  Be aware of possible penalty situations.  If one occurs, find a rules official to handle it to prevent arguments.  Always report all rules situations at the scorer’s table before signing your scorecard.

Along that note, if you see a fellow competitor or opponent about to commit a rules violation, stop them as you would want them to do the same for you.   Make sure to say thank you to the tournament administrators, rules officials, teachers, and most of all your parents.

Become a Golf Rules Expert

Learn the rules and use them to your advantage.  You will be admired by rules officials, fellow competitors, and opponents. They are difficult to learn, but the reward might make the difference between winning a tournament or finishing in second place.  Know your options as you may receive more relief than you think from hazards, immovable obstructions, and so many other situations.

Never be afraid to ask questions to make sure you know how to do the right thing.

Integrity 

Integrity means doing the right thing when no one is watching.  It’s a personality trait that we admire by doing the right thing.  Not too long-ago Ernie Els thought his ball was embedded behind a green.  He followed the proper procedure to see if it was.  It was determined his ball was not embedded.    He replaced his ball and chipped in.  Ernie called a two-stroke penalty on himself for playing from a wrong place.  He said, “the ball came out too good, so I felt I didn’t quite probably put it back exactly where it should have.”  When asked why he called the penalty, he responded by saying “I know deep down the ball wasn’t quite where it should be and I wouldn’t be able to live with myself.” This exemplifies how Ernie Els is a role model, just by always doing the right thing.

Leadership

Inspire others to achieve their goals by example. Be passionate, it is contagious and the fastest way to earn respect.    Raise your hand first to volunteer.  If your schedule permits, be the first one to practice and the last to leave.  Take charge to help others in need by becoming their mentor.  You will make a difference in people’s lives, and there is nothing more rewarding in life.  As a leader, others will come to you for advice and help.  The comradery you create will lead to life-long friendships.  The doors you open as a leader are endless, and so are the opportunities you create to accomplish your goals.

Reputation

Reputation is what others think of you based on your character and actions.  A positive reputation is everything, you earn it and no one can take it away.  It will last a lifetime.   However, if you damage it, you can never get it back.  That too will last a lifetime.  Do not put yourself in a position where someone can question if you violate a rule on the golf course.  Off the golf course, be courteous.  Treat others the same way as you wish to be treated.  Do not take anything for granted, rather be grateful for the opportunities you have in front of you.  Always think ahead and the consequences of your actions to maintain the positive reputation you worked so hard to achieve.

If you already follow these principles you are a role model, if not become one.  Knowing the rules, Etiquette, Integrity, Leadership and Reputation, are the key ingredients to a life of success on and off the golf course.

Post-Event Recap – Island Open at Dolphin Head

Murata Makes his Mark; Wins Island Open
Murata goes wire-to-wire for 1st place, and first victory of season

Hilton Head Island, SC: The International Junior Golf Tour hosted the Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club over the weekend. Coming out on top of the 36-hole competition is Kotaro Murata, who is a native of Matsuyama, Japan put together a stellar weekend on the course with scores of 69 and 71 for a 140 total. Marc Groenhuysen captures second place after a solid weekend with a 143 total. Sharing a tie for third place is Luis Martinez and Felix Van Kleef. Both finished with a total score of 146, Martinez shot scores of 77 and 69, while Van Kleef ended the weekend with scores of 74 and 72.

For the Girls Division, Sissi Wang captured her first victory of the Fall campaign after a weekend with scores of 80 and 77. Following her in second-place is One Kashima, who finished the weekend shooting an 82 and 84 respectively. Tying in third place is Stephania Vargas and Maria Fedorowycz. Vargas ended the weekend with scores of 89 and 83, while Fedorowycz tallied scores of 84 and 88, a total score of 172.

Click here to see all the photos from this weekend on our Facebook page.

The IJGT will return to action next weekend with hosting the Disney Classic at the Disney Resort-Palm Course on November 11-12. Players wishing to register for this event can do so before this Wednesday at 5:00 PM EST, click here to sign up.

Post Event Recap – Faldo Series New Jersey Championship

Gaines Continues Winning Ways; Takes First Place at The Architects


Jairus Gaines (Baltimore, MD) clinches his second win of the season and is looking forward to the  Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.

Lopatcang, NJ: The International Junior Golf Tour continued its Fall campaign and concluded its final qualifier for the upcoming Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final, with the New Jersey Championship at The Architects Golf Club. Jairus Gaines, a 2018 grad from Baltimore, MD clinched first-place after the 36-hole tournament; his second win of the Fall season. Gaines put together scores of 71 and 73, for a 144 total, 2-over Par.


In second-place for the weekend is Luke Sample. The New York native stormed back Sunday with a low round of 69, going with his opening round of 76 for a total of 145. In a two-way tie for third-place are Jeremy Summerson and Andrew Perry. Summerson, of Victor, NY finished the weekend with scores of 75 and 74, while Perry put together rounds of 73 and 76, totaling their scores for 149, 7-over Par.


Over in the Girls Division, Inseo Huh, a 2020 graduate put together a solid weekend earning herself both the weekend victory, and qualifying for the Faldo Series Grand Final. Huh, a resident of Closter, NJ finished with a total score of 161, with scores of 79 and 82 for the weekend. Coming in second-place is Maya Torpey of Malvern, PA. The 2019 graduate opened the weekend with an 84, followed by a score of 80 for the final round. Finishing in third-place is Amisha Kalra, of Short Hills, NJ. Kalra finished the weekend with scores of 90 and 92, for a total of 182.

 

Click here for the full leaderboard from the weekend.

While the Faldo Series US Grand Final will take place Thanksgiving weekend, the IJGT continues its string of events next weekend in Hilton Head, SC, with the playing of the Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club. To register for this event, or learn more about the IJGT and Faldo Series, please visit IJGT.com

College Placement Seminar at The Architects

This weekend, IJGT is hosting the Faldo Series New Jersey Championship at The Architects in Lopatcong, NJ. Along with the 2-day tournament, we are going to have a short presentation on College Golf and the recruiting process, where players can get valuable information on the recruiting process and have their questions answered on how to get a college golf scholarship.

Our speaker, John Brown, is a New Jersey native who for over 30 years has been a mover and shaker in the golf industry. John was a collegiate head coach for 12 years at Dickinson and Lafayette College, and is now working to help junior golfers find their college homes with the International Junior Golf Tour and the International Junior Golf Academy. As a head coach, he won the NCAA Eastern Region Coach of the Year.

John Brown is also a PGA Master Professional, two-time PGA Section Junior Golf Leader of the Year, and serves on the PGA’s Strategic Direction Planning Symposium. He has been featured in PGA Magazine and was on the cover of Golf Business Magazine.

This is a great opportunity to gain insight into the recruiting process and the steps it takes to earn a college golf scholarship by presenting yourself to coaches in the right way.

John will be speaking immediately following Round 1 of the event. You can register here:

https://bluegolf.ijgt.com/bluegolf/ijgt18/event/ijgt189/index.htm

This is also the final qualifying event for the first ever Faldo Series US Grand Final at Bella Collina. The top five players in Boys and Girls U16 & U18 Age Divisions will earn their spot at the 3-day event in Montverde, FL. Not only is this an historic event (the first Faldo Series Grand Final opportunity for domestic junior golfers) but winners of the event will qualify for the 2018 Faldo Series Asia Grand Final. The event will kick off Wednesday night with a banquet hosted by Sir Nick Faldo including a Question & Answer for players and the major champion himself.

Click here to learn more about the Faldo Series US Grand Final.

If you have any questions or issues registering, email info@ijgt.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.